Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn - Amish Brides of Pinecraft 3 - by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the book:
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
(Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty---a handsome widower with three young sons of his own---Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship---and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband's memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma's gentleness with Jay's boys stirs something in his heart that's been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son's joy, Jay wonders if it's time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

My review:
This was a cute story with hints of the Brady Bunch!  I liked all of the characters and it was fun to see some characters from the previous books.  This worked well as a stand-alone, but there was a little bit of back story in the previous books about two of the main characters.  There was a couple of romances going on as Jay's son and Tricia, who works at the inn, fell for each other, while Jay and Emma start to think they might have found love again.  I was frustrated with Emma's mother and how she could be so opinionated about her daughter staying single.  Prayer and faith in God were important to the story as many prayed for direction.  There were some cute romantic moments in both of the couple's stories.  There was some humor, also, as Emma had a beagle who got into lots of trouble!  I also liked seeing Beverly trying to figure out how much to interfere in her niece Tricia's life and how much to step back.  It was interesting to see her relationship with her English boss Eric progress, as well.  I would recommend this story if you like Amish romances.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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